Kaweesi murder: Security, Public Vigilance Up

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Several Security personnel in Kampala have become more watchful and alert following the cruel murder of fallen spokesperson of Police AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

Several Security personnel in Kampala have become more watchful and alert following the cruel murder of fallen spokesperson of Police AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

Several residents around Kampala have also put up stringent measures in regards to their safety and security.

URN observed several Police officers and Uganda people's defense forces (UPDF) officers questioning and detaining those seemed to be suspicious.

Richard Kiisa, who was waiting for a friend around Serena hotel at 10;30 Friday night was questioned on why he was standing and talking on phone for a long time. He says the security officers referred to the incidence of the shooting of Kaweesi as they questioned him.

"They were soldiers and police first took my identity card, but later gave it to me. But many of them could not believe I was only picking up friend for a party" Kiisa says.

Another man a boda boda rider Alfred Were says he was waiting to give a customer a lift in town, but he ended up being questioned by Toursim policemen guarding offices.

"They said I was standing in a dark corner and not putting on my motorbike lights, and yet I was in the open.As I talked to them, the customer that I carried arrived and she explained and we were let to go" he said.

Meanwhile in Suburbs of Bukoto, some residents have exercise more vigilance claiming they were not safe. Others locked the gates earlier than usual while some prohibited visitors past certain duration.

Philip Oloya, says his landlord locked the gates at 11;00 in the night when he came back and yet the gates usually stay open all through the night.

Some of the residents this reporter had speaking told their tenants that there was need to put more precaution and avoid any form of robbery or a regrettable situation.

Many people also went back home earlier than usual, in what some described as a dull Friday.

Carol who works in a restaurant says she went back home earlier than usual for her own safety, but also stated that some of her friends who drive preferred to be home before nine because of the shooting incidence.

The Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has warned in a public memo that the days of the thuggery in Uganda is numbered.He called upon Ugandans to dedicate  themselves to work together to make Uganda more secure through vigilance in their neighbourhood and vigilance within the police force.

 Unknown assailants on Friday morning gunned down Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Kaweesi shortly after he drove out of his home in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb. His bodyguard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Mambewa were also killed.

Eyewitnesses say the 43-year-old officer was trailed by unknown assailants riding on a motorcycle. The assailants first pretended to be repairing the motorcycle near Kaweesi's home in Kulambiro.
People within the neighbourhood say they heard gunshots in the morning as children were heading to school. Police has come up with composite image of suspects believed to have murdered the policemen.

The manner in which Kaweesi was killed has similarities with that of Major Muhammed Kiggundu, one of the former commanders of the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) who was gunned down in Masanafu, Rubaga in November last year. 
In both incidents, the assailants used boda boda motorcycles to escape after the shooting.
Both men were attacked in the morning hours, shortly after they left their homes. 
Also killed in this manner was Joan Kagezi, the Senior Principal State Attorney who was attacked in March 2015 as she drove home from work. The assailants took off on a motorcycle.
Several Muslim clerics have also been killed in this way.


About the author

Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.